What I learned Living in a City for oneYear.
As long as I can remember I have always been a free thinker and very independant. I gravitated toward the new and different in life and choose to do things my own way.
This pattern of behavior led me to leave society and move to the Eastern Sierra Mountains, located in Eastern California. Mountain life is simple yet very complex. Everyone knows everyone and after a short time of visiting a local coffee shop or breakfast spot you quickly become a local and integrated into the towns lifestyle of busy locals who’s lifes passion is to find the next adventure and go after it. Nobody waits for life to happen, they go get it.
Most people who gravitate toward mountain living has some sort of calling, a voice inside that tells them they want more out of life than just the normal 9–5 and family. These people are very independant, hard working and stubborn; whom of which want everything their way or no way. They were all misfits or as some say the “Black Sheep” of their families, their stories are all very similar. They did’nt fit into the sociatal norm and they knew they had to get out. They knew they had to follow their dreams and a life with no regrets.
This lifestyle is full of early mornings and long days where one may wake up before the sun to get an early morning run to the top of their favorite peak. Only to run back down the mountain and work a 10 hour day. Then after work take their splitboard and the dog and go for an evening tour just to capture the beautiful colors in the sky just before sun down. Yes, everyday is new and differnet in the mountains and I lived this life for 17 years. However, California has become extremely expensive and like many people it was time to leave to take a break from the grind and move somwhere that moves at a slower pace.
But like any Goosbump Adventure story there is always a twist and after one year living in the city this is what I discovered. The sociatal structure opperates with deep pockets, meaning most people do not know their neighbors even 2 or 3 houses down and don’t seem to really care to get to know them unless they have a need or require a service of some kind. City mentality means that you should be kind to everyone you run into because you will never know what you will need in the future and you don’t want to burn your “resources” but these people are not friends, they are only resourses.
The other beharioral difference I have found is that almost like clock work, commercails on tv and the radio are all exactly the same month to month. I mean pre-recorded exactly the same, sorta like the movie Ground Hog Day. I have noticed that as each month moves forward you hear the same promotions as last year, the same issues as last year but they try to sell it to you as if it’s this new thing and society seems to belive that thing is infact new and exciting. It’s so odd.
The other odd behavior I have noticed is how simple it is for the media to manipulate city people. All the news has to do is put out a message and you instantly see how the mob reacts. TV has always been knows a manipulation and programing but I have never witnessed it in person. But in this past year I have seen people live in absolute fear when the media put out false news stories of corana virus. It’s like a light switch,people completely change their entire way of living and even the late adopters who were more skeptical of the virus eventually caved because of social pressure. I saw peoples behaviors, movement patterns, rights as a citizen and much more completely change without any resistance at all. People just excepted that this new way of mass control was how they SHOULD LIVE with little to no care how much freedoom we would loose in the mean time. Eveything was just acceptable as long as the money came in, it was all good. Corona looked more like a governemt bribe and a way to take away our rights as citizens then a pandemic, since most of the data about the virus is false.
After one year living in the city I realized what all those social media guru’s were truly saying was true. You always hear them say “ only the one percent will do something to change their lifes and the rest just like to hear motivational speeches but then turn around and live the exact same way they always do, expecting different result” It’s hella true.
Where I once lived in a society where people refused to accept the social norm and wanted to carve their own paths. With people who say “ Fuck You “ if you judge them or try to tell them how to live. To now seeing a society of people who simply accept and adopt anything the media tells them as a way of living is absolutly mind blowing. I see first hand the mass power that media, the government and these large marketing companies have on society so much that even down to what individuals eats is controlled. The control and manipuation is unreal and I see it almost like Neo saw the Matrix for the first time. It’s mind blowing.
All I can say about this past year is that I keep observing and will use this time living in normal society to learn about social behaviors. Learn a new level of emotional and social intelligence and search out people who can see above the manipulation. Becuase the power of control is strong and it’s interesting to watch on a daily basis.